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Want To Lose Weight? Try Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting has grabbed the attention of people who wants to lose weight. Many people try to adopt it in their lifestyle but aren't able to get positive results out of it. So we thought to discover more about the best type of intermittent fasting that can help you to guide and lose weight in less time. Here is more detail on how you can intermittent fasting to lose weight.


What exactly is Intermittent fasting?

It refers to follow an eating plan that alternates between fasting and eating periods.
It does not determine what foods to consume but rather when to consume them. Overall, the aim is to starve the body consistently long enough to cause fat burns.

So which is the safest way to follow intermittent fasting?

There are various methods of intermittent fasting. People follow different types of an intermittent fast. The best way of following intermittent fast according to health coaches is fasting for 16 hours a day, leaving an eating window of 8 hours. It is called the 16:8 method or the Leangains diet.
A study found that limiting the feeding window to 8 hours helps in protecting people from obesity, inflammation, diabetes, and liver disease.

The idea behind time-restricted eating for 16 hours is to finish eating earlier in the evening and starting again much later – basically, skipping breakfast the following day and not eating again until noon.

Research suggests that people on this diet are more productive during the fasting hours and do not focus on distractions like what to eat. 16:8 diet is undoubtedly a must-try if you want to see a loose weight. 

How intermittent fasting helps in losing weight?

When you eat your meal, carbohydrates from food are broken down into glucose and absorbed through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream and are transported to various organs it is stored for later use. For example - In the liver and adipose tissue it is stored in the form of glycogen.

When the body is in the fasting state, the liver converts glycogen back to glucose to keep supplying the body with energy. Typically an inactive person takes about 10 to 12 hours to use up the glycogen stores. Although someone who exercises may end up consuming this energy within less time. Upon exhaustion of the supply of glycogen in the liver, the body taps into energy reserves in adipose tissues. This is when fats are broken down into free fatty acids, which are then converted in the liver into additional metabolic fuel. Thus, if the fasting state lasts long enough the more body burns fat for energy and in-process losing that extra accumulated fat.

Benefits of Intermittent fasting

Numerous studies show that it can have powerful benefits for your body and brain. When you start taking huge breaks between eating, several beneficial changes occur in your body.
Some of the benefits of fasting are :

1. Drop in the insulin levels in the blood.
2. An increase in growth hormone, this helps in increasing the life of a person.
3. The body causes essential mechanisms for cellular repairs, such as clearing cells from waste material.
4. Protection against diseases.

One review study also showed that intermittent fasting caused less muscle loss and people lost around 1.65 pounds of weight per week.

Who should avoid fasting?

Fasting however is not for everyone. people to whom intermittent fasting are not a good option are children, teens, pregnant or breastfeeding women, or people with eating disorders. People suffering from - Diabetes Type 1 / Advanced diabetes or with some other medical problems.  Also being underweight or frail, fasting can is unsafe.


Even though intermittent fasting restricts one from eating food but for suppressing hunger feelings one can eat fruits with high fiber. Drinking water/ tea/ coffee is not a problem. In short, eating something which contains less than 50 calories can be eaten or drunk in intermittent fasting.

There are many positive impacts that we can see in intermittent fasting. When done correctly, intermittent fasting can help not only to lose weight but also in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and control diabetes too.  However, consulting doctors or nutritionists and taking their advice is must before making intermittent fasting part of your lifestyle.


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